Readers' Theatre: Romans 8:26-39

If your worship this Sunday includes the beautiful passage in Romans 8:26-39, here’s a 3-voice readers’ theatre version from the New Living Translation which might be useful.

Readers’ Theatre
(Romans 8:26-39)

One:     The Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness.

Two:     For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for.
            But the Holy Spirit prays for us
            with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.

Three:   And the Father, who knows all hearts,
            knows what the Spirit is saying,
            because the Spirit pleads for us in harmony with God’s own will.

One:     And we know that God causes everything to work together
            for the good of those who love God
            and are called according to his purpose for them.

Two:     For God knew his people in advance,
            and he chose them to become like his Son,
            so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.  

Three:   And having chosen them, he called them to come to him.

One:     And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself.

Two:     And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory.

Three:   What shall we say about such wonderful things as these?
            If God is for us, who can ever be against us?

Two:     Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all,
            won’t he also give us everything else?

One:     Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own?

Three:   No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself.

One;     Who then will condemn us?

Two:     No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us,
            and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.

Three:   Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love?
            Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity,

One:     or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute,

Two:     or in danger, or threatened with death?

One:     (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day;
            we are being slaughtered like sheep.”)

Three:   No, despite all these things,
            overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

Two:     And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love.
            Neither death nor life,

One:     neither angels nor demons,

Three:   neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—

Two:     not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.

One:     No power in the sky above or in the earth below—
            indeed, nothing in all creation
            will ever be able to separate us from the love of God
            that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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by Tyndale House Foundation.
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Romans 8:26-39 is one of the suggested scripture passages for the sixth Sunday after Pentecost (July 24, 2011).  For more worship resources related to this passage, or other scripture passages for that Sunday, click on Proper 12A in the list of “Labels” at the lower right side of the page.
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